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Contact: Liese Greensfelder
University of California - Davis

Meteorite Hits Aerogel

Caption: After using the algorithm to determine the filament structure of an aerogel -- a lightweight foam used in shielding electronic equipment in satellites -- the researchers were able to compute changes to its structural integrity by the simulated impact of a micrometeorite traveling at 10,000 miles per hour (red sphere on left).

Credit: Attila Gyulassy/UC Davis Copyright UC Regents

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